IGN have spoken to Dave Karraker, the Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Sony Computer Entertainment America, on yesterday's announcement on the problematic PS3 launch. The PS3 has officially been delayed until March 2007 in Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa and Australasia. The US haven't escaped the mass production problems and will only receive 400,000 PlayStation 3 units on Nov. 17, whereas Japan will receive approximately 100,000 consoles.
Despite these shortages Sony are still adamant that they will reach their goal of 6 million worldwide shipments by the end of March 2007. Karraker was asked by IGN why Sony are so confident and replied by saying ' The main contributing factor to the delay in the launch in the SCEE territories was the lack of sufficient supplies of the blue laser diode. As we move along, month over month, we will see increased efficiencies in the production of these key components, thus increasing supply. We are confident in our 6 million global projection by the end of our fiscal year.'
Incidently, Nintendo also confirmed yesterday that they are still on target to reach their own goal of producing 6 million Wii units by the end of March 2007.
Read the full interview at IGN